2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: July 3
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It’s a short slate today and I’m going to focus on the late games only – the contest starts at 7:05pm eastern – giving my east coast and west coast friends equal time.
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There are not a lot of great matchups today – in fact there look to be quite a few land mines. I’m going to go with a reliever instead of going with three starters today.
Max Scherzer | RHP | Tigers | $20,999 – Scherzer is my top play, but he’s only got the third highest salary on the site. He faces the Rays who are middle of the road (17 th) in wOBA against righties and he has a 13.76 K/9 over his last three starts.
Phil Hughes | RHP | Twins | $15,540 – Hughes hasn’t been great over his last three starts, but he gets a mediocre Yankees (18th) in wOBA squad. The last time out against the Yanks, Hughes got 12.75 points.
Glen Perkins | RP | Twins | $2,469 – He’s cheap and hasn’t pitched in a while so he should get in the game. Honestly, you can take your pick of just about any reliever who is likely to be in a close game late.
Alternative: If you want another starting pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka ($24,805) is a fine choice, but he’s probably too expensive to roster. Matt Shoemaker ($14,064) has a great matchup, but he bombed out last time against the Royals so the clock may have struck midnight on him. Franklin Morales ($8,554) has a sneaky good matchup (Dodgers are 23 rd in wOBA against lefties), but he’s Franklin Morales so he’s a deep play only. And facing each other, Brandon McCarthy ($12,069) and Vance Worley ($15,859) are both viable options
Chris Iannetta | Angels | $5,034 – Iannetta has done well against lefties (.399 wOBA) this year and should get the start against Brett Oberholtzer who’d likely be starting in AAA today if not for Dallas Kuechel’s injury.
Alternatives: A.J. Ellis ($4,643) has a nice matchup at Coors Field and has a .403 wOBA in his 32 plate appearances against lefties. If you don’t want to go with either of them, then punt with one of the el cheapo options at the bottom of the salary list.
Edwin Encarnacion | Blue Jays | $8,997 – With the third pitcher being a reliever, we’ll be able to load up on stars in a lot of spots. Encarnacion is our first stud – he has the sixth highest wOBA against righties in MLB.
Dee Gordon | Dodgers | $8,230 – Hitting leadoff in a game that should see a lot of runs scored. He’s been OK (.291 wOBA) against lefties, but not great. This is about the matchup.
Alternative: Not much else to look at here – maybe Howie Kendrick ($5,723) is the play.
Nick Castellanos | Tigers | $5,211 – Castellanos’ rookie year hasn’t been as great as many fantasy players had hoped. However, he’s been successful against left handed pitching this year (.382 wOBA).
Eugenio Suarez | Tigers | $5,096 – I don’t love this choice, but he’s done well against lefties this year (.411 wOBA in 33 PAs). I’m going to think long and hard about keeping him in the lineup, but he looks like the best value on the board.
Alternative: Troy Tulowitzki ($8,445) has all of the numbers in his favor except for Batter versus Pitcher (BvP) as he’s 8 for 26 with 7 strikeouts against Zack Greinke. Perhaps Elvis Andrus ($5,111) makes some sense as well against a lefty as he’s got a .357 wOBA against them this year.
Scott Van Slyke | Dodgers | $5,529 – Van Slyke (.494 wOBA) has crushed lefties all year long and he gets one of the poorest lefties in all of the land.
Josh Hamilton | Angels | $5,368 – Hamilton looks to be back and he’s crushing lefties to the tune of a .471 wOBA against them this year. He also hit a dinger off of Brett Oberholtzer in his only matchup with him.
Mike Trout | Angels | $9,685 – Do I really need to explain why this guy should be rostered? A .463 wOBA against lefties should be more than enough reason.
Alternatives: Victor Martinez ($8,364) is an option versus lefties, but he’s coming off an injury so confirm he’s in the lineup. Rajai Davis ($6,060) mashes lefties and gets one on Thursday. Matt Kemp ($6,372) is also in play due to his matchup and venue. Alex Rios ($6,295) is also viable as he enjoys left-handed pitchers. Torii Hunter ($5,626) has nice BvP numbers against Erik Bedard (9 for 28 with 2 HRs).
The Dodgers look like a good min-stack as they should crush Franklin Morales, but don’t have a great number of guys who hit lefties well. I actually like the Angels a bit more as a full stack against a lefty.
Here’s what my lineup looks like right now before lineups come in. I don’t feel great at the SS position and we may see a swap there before the games start Thursday evening.
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